Victoria Ferguson Biography

Victoria Ferguson has pioneered the use of herbal medicine and natural feeding for horses in Australia since 1997, after attaining her Diploma of Herbal Medicine, with the famous Australian herbalist and author Dorothy Hall.

The herbal medicine column she wrote in Horse Deals for 9 years until the end of 2010, and her many articles in the equestrian press also increased the popularity of this ancient form of healing, together with her natural feeding programs.

In 2000 her first book "The Practical Horse Herbal" was published and became a best seller, with 8,500 copies sold in Australia and 1,500 overseas.

In 2010, her new book "The Complete Horse Herbal" was published to share with new and old readers alike the substantial extra knowledge and experience gained in those 10 years.

In 2011 Victoria established her School of Equine Herbal Medicine which delivers distance education programs for horse owners, as well as weekend Herbs for Horses Workshops held in most States : and The Complete Horse Herbal Book Club, an extension resource for book owners.

As part of her Diploma of Herbal Medicine she completed her human health studies covering anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry and biology.

She is also a Level II Dressage Coach with Equestrian Australia which includes a Certificate of Horse Studies, covering equine anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and exercise physiology.

She is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

She has completed two Equine Muscle Release Therapy horse owner courses and has a Level 1 Certificate in Equine Photonic Therapy, and uses both these therapies routinely in the management of her own horses.

Victoria’s experience as a horsewoman started very early and continues to this day. She was born on a sheep station in the Blackall district of central Queensland where mustering and competing were part of everyday life.  She started showing ponies in 1953 and graduated to hacks as a teenager. Her father encouraged training, himself driving over 700 miles to attend schools with Franz Mairinger, and allowing her two years after leaving school to train and show hacks with Vince Corvi.

The family moved from sheep into cattle in the late 60’s and Victoria helped to show and sell their Droughtmaster cattle as well as working as Secretary of the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society. She also competed in the sport of camp drafting on her Brisbane show hack winner.

After a year overseas she married and moved to Melbourne with her husband, working as Secretary to the Managing Director of the Stanbroke Pastoral Company and then Personal Assistant to the Public Relations Director of the Asia Pacific division of the Ford Motor Company.

Her return to the cattle industry as Secretary of The Chianina Society of Australia, led to the establishment of her beef cattle promotion business in 1973.  For many years she travelled all round Australasia attending shows and sales and was appointed Promotions Manager for The Australian Simmental Association, where she worked closely with publicity guru Harry M Miller.

It was around this time that Victoria decided she would indulge her lifelong wish to show jump.  She bought a lovely Thoroughbred from Di Dawson which she agisted and trained with George Sanna, who told her she had a hopeless eye and ought to go eventing !  Gambit looked after her brilliantly in both sports. 

Victoria decided she wanted to be involved with horses full time so she bought a property in Sydney’s Hills District, and started another business, Horses for Courses, where she bought, sold and trained horses for the Olympic sports, and also became an EFA instructor.  

She has trained with many of Australia’s best - including Vince Corvi, Clemens Dierks, Heath Harris, Andrew McLean, Edgar Lichtwark, Glenn Fryer and Warrick Cozens.

 It was during this time that she acquired her equine partner extraordinaire, Gamekeeper, who became a brilliant Grand Prix dressage horse. He was a fiery Thoroughbred who inspired a generation of dressage competitors with his international paces and superior ability.  His 14 year career began as a showjumping reject due to his bucking and bad behaviour.  They represented Australia three times – in the Haig, Samsung and Volvo World Cups, and the highlight of their career was their selection on the long list for the Australian Dressage Team to the World Equestrian Games in 1990. 

Victoria was sponsored by one of the equine feed companies at this time, but when it ended, she found herself with a stable full of horses and financially unable to keep up their supplement program.  She talked to her father about how he had fed their show horses, and as a result she went back to basic old fashioned natural feeding. She had read some books on the subject and used some of the recommendations, but was not fully satisfied. This caused her to delve further and ultimately start a new era in the natural feeding of horses incorporating herbs.

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